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- Amoghasiddhi Buddhist Centre
- Cyprus House
- Queen's Square
- NR17 2AE
Directions to Amoghasiddhi Buddhist Centre
By Car - From West - Exit A11 at sign for Attleborough, follow B1077 (Queens Rd.) for quarter of a mile into town centre. Passing Lidl supermarket, enter one-way system on high street, and stay on inner ring of this - it will bring you back round to the entrance of the high street. Amoghasiddhi Centre is on the left hand side of the road, immediately after the Esso garage and opposite the Lloyds bank. Parking is not available at the centre but there is a free car park in Queens Square which is marked 'car park' on the road with an arrow turning left.
From East - There are two signs on the A11 for Attleborough. Following the first takes you up Norwich Road and onto the one way system described above. Following the second takes you onto Queens Road, then follow directions above.
By Coach - There is a coach stop a very short distance from Amoghasiddhi Centre (walk against the flow of the traffic and we are just passed the war memorial.) There are frequent direct services to London and other destinations from here.
By Train - There is a station in Attleborough which is less than ten minutes walk from Amoghasiddhi Centre.
What to Expect at a Class
The meditation classes explain Buddhist meditation, ideas, and practice. They combine guided meditation with practical spiritual advice that you can apply immediately to relieve stress and solve problems in your life. Everyone is welcome, classes are suitable for both beginners and experienced meditators.
Whilst all of the classes in a term follow a theme, each week is self-contained and offered on a 'drop in' basis. This means, whilst it is good to attend all the classes if you can, you will not be disadvantaged if this is not possible and you are only able to attend occasionally. Also, if you have missed the beginning of a term, you can start attending the classes straight away rather than wait for the start of a new term.
The classes are easy to follow and do not need prior knowledge or experience, you will be sitting in a normal chair throughout. There is no requirement to sit on the floor or in any special positions. Your teacher will help guide you through the meditations and part of this is ensuring you are sitting comfortably and are relaxed but alert. Also you do not need to wear any special clothes or bring any equipment to a class.
You will be taught how to meditate and will be given practical guidance during the class. There will be a talk based on Buddha's teachings that will explain how to put meditation into practice in daily life to increase your own and others happiness. There will be a chance to ask questions, and after the class, with light refreshments available. There is also an opportunity to talk to the teacher.
Although the classes can vary slightly a typical class will consist of:
- A breathing/relaxation meditation
- A teaching on meditation based on a Buddhist topic
- A second meditation based on the teaching
- Time for discussion, questions and answers
If you have any questions at all please get in touch.
Learning More about Kadampa Buddism
Please see the Kadampa Buddhism learning zone to learn more: The Learning Zone.
Becoming a Resident
Amoghasiddhi Centre is based in the beautiful market town of Attleborough which is close to the bustling city of Norwich and the beautiful countryside and coastline of Norfolk. The centre is based at Cyprus House, an historic and characterful building with a convenient town centre location. Living at the centre provides a special opportunity to discover the Buddhist way of life though you do not have to be a Buddhist to apply.
We often have rooms to let with prices starting from £275 per month. In addition to our beautiful meditation room, and comfortable lounge we can also offer residents a friendly and peaceful atmosphere, off street parking (available by arangement).
For more details contact the centre on 01953 451 937 / 07747 652 757 or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Our shop sells a range Buddhist item which are suitable for complete beginners and also more advanced practitioners, including:
Qualified books on Buddhism by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.
Guided Meditation CD's
You can buy gift vouchers for the centre that can be redeemed against all of our classes and courses or the products in our shop.
We are a registered charity and all the money raised by our activities goes towards running courses in Norfolk and Suffolk to help people find inner peace.
Gift vouchers can purchased online by selecting the amount from the drop down box then using the 'Buy Now' button below.
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso - Founder of the New Kadampa Tradition
Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, or Geshe-la as he is affectionately called by his students, is an internationally renowned teacher of Buddhism and an accomplished meditation master.
From a very early age Geshe-la studied extensively in the great monastic universities of Tibet, he was ordained a monk at the age of 8 and studied under a number of highly qualified teachers, including his Spiritual Guide Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, earning the title ‘Geshe’ which literally means ‘spiritual friend’.
In 1977 he accepted an invitation to teach at Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre in England, where he has lived and taught ever since, giving teachings and guidance to an ever-growing group of students. In 1982 he became a naturalised British citizen.
Geshe-la has published a series of remarkable books on Buddhism and meditation, from basic introductory books to advanced philosophical texts and meditation manuals, which make the teachings of Buddha far more accessible and easy to follow, especially for us in the western world.
As well as writing his books and giving extensive teachings on major Mahayana Buddhist scriptures, Geshe-la has established three unique study programs and over 1100 centres and groups around the world. He has also created a project to build Buddhist Temples in every major city in the world.
Geshe-la is a humble Buddhist monk dedicated to helping people throughout the world find true happiness in their hearts. He teaches the importance of meditation and how to apply it to improve our daily life, the need to be truly happy, and how to cultivate a good heart to help others. He also demonstrates these qualities perfectly in his own life.
Gen-la Dekyong - General Spiritual Director of the New Kadampa Tradition
Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong is the Spiritual Director of the New Kadampa Tradition and the Resident Teacher at Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre in Cumbria.
Gen-la has studied and practiced Kadampa Buddhism for many years under the guidance of her Spiritual Guide Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. As one of Venerable Geshe Kelsang’s close disciples, Gen-la Dekyong’s teachings, humour and kindness exemplify the essence of the Buddhist way of life. She is a perfect example of a Kadampa Teacher.
Each year, Gen-la Dekyong teaches at the International Festivals, National Festivals, and Dharma Celebrations throughout the world.
Kadam Bridget Hayes – National Spiritual Director of the UK
Kadam Bridget Heyes is a senior disciple of Geshe Kelsang who has been practicing for over 20 years. In 1994, she helped to found Nagarjuna Centre in Northamptonshire and has been the Resident Teacher there ever since. In 2009, Kadam Bridget was also elected as the National Spiritual Director of the UK.
Kadam Bridget is known for her powerful teachings, compassionate heart, and her deep understanding of Buddha’s wisdom advice. Her teachings are exceptionally clear and she presents profound ideas in a way that are easy to practice and integrate into daily life. As a mother of two, she has a special insight into how to bring Buddhism alive to meet the demands of a busy modern life. Kadam Bridget shows an inspiring example for everyone on the spiritual path.
As well as regular courses at Nagarjuna Centre, Kadam Bridget also teaches at various National Dharma Celebrations throughout the year.
Kelsang Yankyi is a Buddhist nun who has been studying and practising Kadampa Buddhism and meditation under the guidance of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso for many years.
Yankyi presents Buddha's teachings with warmth and compassion and has a great ability to make them relevant to everyday situations we encounter.
As well as teaching the Foundation Programme Kelsang Yankyi also teaches some of our drop-in meditation classes.
The other teachers at Amoghasiddhi Buddhist centre are all senior students from our Foundation Programme . They combine their studies with work, practice and teaching and are therefore able to bring a wealth of invaluable practical knowledge and experience to their class members.
Prayers help us to develop and maintain a positive mind, and are a powerful preparation for meditation.
Everyone is welcome to attend our prayer sessions (only exception is Dakini Yoga as this is for practitioners with HYT empowerment only). Please check our 'Events Calendar' for dates and times.
Wish Fulfilling Jewel
Held on most days at 5:00pm, please see the 'Events Calender' for exact timings.
These prayers are a special method for increasing our wisdom and overcoming obstacles to our spiritual practice. By relying upon the wisdom Buddha Je Tsongkhapa and the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden, spiritual practitioners will receive help, guidance, protection and all the necassary conditions for their spiritual practice.
These are prayers in which offerings are made. The tsog offering is very important for renewing our spiritual commitments and removing obstacles to our Dharma practice. It is also a special method through which we can receive help and support. Bring a small food offering.
Wishfulfilling Jewel with Tsog Offering
Wishfulfiling Jewel with tsog offering last about an hour and includes Heart Jewel prayers and prayers to the Dharma Protector and Wisdom Buddha Dorje Shugden. This practice is done at 7:00pm on most Fridays at Amoghasiddhi Centre.
Offering to the Spiritual Guide with Tsog Offering
In the holy practice of Offering to the Spiritual Guide (OSG) we receive profound blessings from our Spiritual Guide. These tsog prayers are done around the 10th and 25th of every month and last between 1 and a half to 2 hours.
Melodious Drum with Tsog Offering
This extensive version of Wishfulfilling Jewel is done once a month at Amoghasiddhi Centre on (or around) the 29th of each month. Extending over 3 hours, this is a supremely powerful practice to pacify obstacles, increase our good qualities and good fortune, and gain control over our mental distractions.
Liberation From Sorrow
Prayers to the female Buddha Tara - if we rely on Mother Tara sincerely and with strong faith, she will protect us from all dangers and fulfil all our spiritual wishes.
For confirmation of the times and dates of any of our chanted meditations please check our 'events calendar'.